Installing the Validator Software

Bootstrap with solana-install

The solana-install tool can be used to easily install and upgrade the validator software on Linux x86_64 and mac OS systems.

$ curl -sSf https://raw.githubusercontent.com/solana-labs/solana/v0.18.0/install/solana-install-init.sh | sh -s

Alternatively build the solana-install program from source and run the following command to obtain the same result:

$ solana-install init

After a successful install, solana-install update may be used to easily update the cluster software to a newer version at any time.

Download Prebuilt Binaries

If you would rather not use solana-install to manage the install, you can manually download and install the binaries.

Linux

Download the binaries by navigating to https://github.com/solana-labs/solana/releases/latest, download solana-release-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu.tar.bz2, then extract the archive:

$ tar jxf solana-release-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu.tar.bz2
$ cd solana-release/
$ export PATH=$PWD/bin:$PATH

mac OS

Download the binaries by navigating to https://github.com/solana-labs/solana/releases/latest, download solana-release-x86_64-apple-darwin.tar.bz2, then extract the archive:

$ tar jxf solana-release-x86_64-apple-darwin.tar.bz2
$ cd solana-release/
$ export PATH=$PWD/bin:$PATH

Build From Source

If you are unable to use the prebuilt binaries or prefer to build it yourself from source, navigate to https://github.com/solana-labs/solana/releases/latest, and download the Source Code archive. Extract the code and build the binaries with:

$ ./scripts/cargo-install-all.sh .
$ export PATH=$PWD/bin:$PATH

If building for CUDA (Linux only), fetch the perf-libs first then include the cuda feature flag when building:

$ ./fetch-perf-libs.sh
$ source target/perf-libs/env.sh
$ ./scripts/cargo-install-all.sh . cuda
$ export PATH=$PWD/bin:$PATH